Daring Cooks’ Challenge: Indian Dosas

This is my second Daring Cooks Challenge. The host for September is Debyi from HealthyVeganKitchen.com.   She chose Vegan version of Indian Dosas for this month’s challenge.

I have no idea what this dish is when I first learned of the challenge. I have never tried any Indian dish before except maybe for the curry which is not new to me because we have curry dishes too in the Philippines, but nevertheless, I was excited for this one.

I am considering this my first real Indian food.  I am not surprised that I liked this dish a lot. I knew it would be delicious when I skimmed through the recipe/s. I love curries especially really spicy ones and this is even better because it is so healthy. It’s a vegan/vegetarian dish, not that I consider myself one but I hardly miss the meat here.

I have never eaten garbanzos or chick peas this way ( I actually only have it sweetened form, yummy!).  I have never had savory pancake before either,  I thought at first it was a crepe but looking at the pictures posted in the daring cooks forum, it really is pancake because it’s thicker although this can also be made into crepes or paper dosas.

I tried my best to follow the recipe exactly but I couldn’t find spelt flour or any gluten-free flour, but since I am not really vegan, I decided to use whole wheat flour (not sure if this gluten-free or not)  but here’s the thing, I ran out, I only have less than half a cup to use, so I just added all-purpose flour to it and some golden flaxseeds.   Also, I just used water instead of vegetable broth.  I halved the recipe for both the filling and the sauce.  That’s about it.

Thanks Debyi for choosing this dish! 🙂

Here’s how I did these wonderful Dosas (pictures aren’t complete as I was pressed for time ):

the spices for the curried garbanzo filling


the cooked chickpeas  which I made the night before.  I am not sure about the outer husk/shell, but I included it in the filling, it will take a long time for me to “shell” these garbanzos


mash,mash..then add to the spices

dosas_coconut_curry_sauceadd diced tomatoes  in the coconut curry sauce


here’s a dosa pancake with filling on top, I added golden flaxseeds to the batter dosas_1

roll and serve with sauce and cucumber on the side..hmmm..so good!

See other daring cooks’ version of dosas here.

as posted by Debyi on the Daring Cooks Forum

Requirements: Must be free of animal products, this will be a challenge for you “regular” cooks out there, but its worth it. So that means, no cows milk, butter, meat, poultry, fish, chicken/beef broth, etc. This dish is also 99% oil free, using only what you need to keep the dosas from sticking (I used a quick spritz of cooking spray on the first dosa only), which isn’t too bad with a nonstick pan.

You can use a different filling/sauce if you like, but it must be free of animal products. I was just looking at the new Fresh newsletter, and one of the new menu items is Avocado Dosas with a filling of avocados, grape tomatoes, cilantro & hemp seeds with a mango tamarind or cilantro coconut chutney. Might be an interesting way to go too.
Indian Dosas

This recipe comes in 3 parts, the dosas, the filling and the sauce. It does take awhile to make, but the filling and sauce can be made ahead and frozen if need be. You can serve them as a main course with rice and veggies, or as an appetizer. This does take a little planning ahead, so make sure you read the recipe through before starting.

Serves 4

Equipment needed:
large bowl
griddle or skillet
ladle (or large spoon)
vegetable peeler &/or knife
large saucepan
food processor or bean masher

Dosa Pancakes
1 cup (120gm/8oz) spelt flour (or all-purpose, gluten free flour)
½ tsp (2½ gm) salt
½ tsp (2½ gm) baking powder
½ tsp (2½ gm) curry powder
½ cup (125ml/4oz) almond milk (or soy, or rice, etc.)
¾ cup (175ml/6oz) water
cooking spray, if needed

Dosa Filling
1 batch Curried Garbanzo Filling (see below), heated

Dosa Toppings
1 batch Coconut Curry Sauce (see below), heated
¼ cup (125gm) grated coconut
¼ cucumber, sliced

Dosa Pancakes
1.Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, slowly adding the almond milk and water, whisking until smooth.

2.Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray your pan with a thin layer of cooking spray, if needed.
3.Ladle 2 tablespoons of batter into the center of your pan in a circular motion until it is a thin, round pancake. When bubbles appear on the surface and it no longer looks wet, flip it over and cook for a few seconds. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining batter. Makes 8 pancakes.

Curried Garbanzo Filling
This filling works great as a rice bowl topping or as a wrap too, so don’t be afraid to make a full batch.

5 cloves garlic
1 onion, peeled and finely diced
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced (red, yellow or orange are fine too)
2 medium hot banana chilies, minced
2 TBSP (16gm) cumin, ground
1 TBSP (8gm) oregano
1 TBSP (8gm) sea salt (coarse)
1 TBSP (8gm) turmeric
4 cups (850gm/30oz) cooked or canned chick peas (about 2 cans)
½ cup (125gm/4oz) tomato paste

1.Heat a large saucepan over medium to low heat. Add the garlic, veggies, and spices, cooking until soft, stirring occasionally.

2.Mash the chickpeas by hand, or in a food processor. Add the chickpeas and tomato paste to the saucepan, stirring until heated through.

Coconut Curry Sauce
This makes a great sauce to just pour over rice as well. This does freeze well, but the texture will be a little different. The flavor is still the same though. My picture of this sauce is one that I had made, had to freeze, then thaw to use. It tastes great, but the texture is a little runnier, not quite as thick as it was before freezing.

1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic
½ (2½ gm) tsp cumin, ground
¾ (3¾ gm) tsp sea salt (coarse)
3 TBSP (30gm) curry powder
3 TBSP (30gm) spelt flour (or all-purpose GF flour)
3 cups (750ml/24oz) vegetable broth
2 cups (500ml/24oz) coconut milk
3 large tomatoes, diced

1.Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and garlic, cooking for 5 minutes, or until soft.

2.Add the spices, cooking for 1 minutes more. Add the flour and cook for 1 additional minute.

3.Gradually stir in the vegetable broth to prevent lumps. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the coconut milk and tomatoes, stirring occasionally.

4.Let it simmer for half an hour.

Happy Cooking!


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